Freedmen in North Carolina

March 23, 1866


In North Carolina several hundred freedmen were bound out to their former masters despite the regulations of the Freedmen's Bureau.


At a single session of the County Court of Sampson county, several hundred, it is reported, were bound out to their former masters ; the older children, in most cases, being selected, thus leaving younger to be supported by the parents. All such indentures as are contrary to the regulation of the Freedmen's Bureau have been proclaimed null and void- Washington Star. In Washington the negroes do so well that these complains come with a good grace from that city. Suppose Sampson county should ask for an appropriation of twenty-five thousand dollars from Congress to support her negroes.
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